HarborChase of Wilmington - Senior Living in Serene Surroundings

Wilmington, DE
Harbor Retirement Associates, a growing provider of senior living facilities, was looking to expand into the Mid-Atlantic region. Based out of Florida, they needed an engineering firm with local expertise that could take them through the regulatory process within the timeframe of their corporate deadlines. Karins and Associates got them there.

We created concepts based on input from the client as to building footprint and parking/site circulation. The concepts were based on a survey of wetlands, boundary and topographic survey of the property, and county code. The selected scenario presented some challenges. The proposed 120 bed, 100,000 sf facility was to be located in a predominantly residential area. As a result, the design required sensitivity to the adjoining residential communities and impacted properties. 

To mitigate concerns, several features were incorporated into the design including:
  • Pedestrian paths to an adjoining swim club,
  • Walking trails,
  • Adequate parking for overflow from the swim club,
  • Road widening to minimize any impacts from additional traffic
Additionally, the Shellpot Creek flowed through the site thus requiring the establishment of a 100-year flood elevation for the site. Accordingly, a flood study was performed and the site elevations designed to eliminate impact to the flood plain and riparian buffers around it. 

Karins provided the site engineering and surveying to take this project through all entitlements and construction phases of the project. The project has been approved by the County. Construction has begun and a grand opening set for 2018.